With ageing Club memberships and the overall decline in golf participation, junior members have never been more important to the future of Golf Clubs. Similarly, never before have children had more variety and opportunity in terms of activities, all competing to occupy their spare time and attract their talent. These factors present a challenge for golf to improve its ‘offer’ to young people and encourage them to start and stay in the game.
In the past, junior golf did not require a great degree of care and attention from club management and officials as junior recruitment appeared to be relatively “easy”, especially for boys.
Today, the role of the Junior Committee should be regarded as the most important one in the Golf Club. Contrasting with some of the responsibilities on the Club’s main committee, the Junior Convenor can undertake a huge variety of jobs and duties, including liaising with a number of different parties, such as adult leaders, coaches, junior members, parents/guardians, ILGU, GUI and CGI officers and local schools.
The Confederation of Golf in Ireland has produced a document for clubs which contains samples of all necessary policies, enabling junior sections to create their own child protection policy.
This document can be downloaded and modified to suit the club’s needs.
To view this policy document and browse other related information see our Safeguarding page.
Club Handbook for Junior Golf
Along with the GUI, ILGU we have put together a Club Handbook for Junior Golf which aims to help clubs run sustainable junior sections.
The Club Handbook for Junior Golf has a number of documents in the appendices that Golf Clubs can edit and may unique to their club.
The ‘Club Handbook for Junior Golf’ offers Golf Clubs access to a range of content and practical advice on achieving a ‘best in class’ Junior Golf offering across a variety of areas including:
- Junior Club Operations (coaching, competitions, handicaps, communication)
- Junior Club Committee and Leaders
- Safeguarding Children in Golf
- Girls in Junior Golf
The guide also offers access to a variety of templates and checklists to assist in the implementation of Junior Club programmes, such as recruitment forms, role descriptions, permission forms and safety checklists. A number of real-life case studies are also included which provide excellent learnings and ‘best practice’ examples, including Balbriggan Golf Club who initiated a Cadet’s Section, Enniscrone Golf Club which developed a Junior Club Programme and an insight into how Naas Golf Club worked to increase participation among young female players.
Club Handbook for Junior Golf – Digital Version
Rules and Etiquette
Do you want to try something different with your juniors why not do a rules and etiquette quiz with a difference? We have added some general knowledge questions for the boys and girls!
For a copy of the CGI rules handout, quizzes and answers, see the downloads below.
Below is a full list of editable documents: Click on the files below to get the word version of the players registration form, practice plans, sign up sheets, posters etc.